One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A ferromagnesian mineral of the amphibole group, occurring as elongated brown, yellow, red, or green crystals.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Dana (1813–1895), geologist, zoologist, and teacher. From the name of H. Theodor Richter, German metallurgical chemist + -ite, after German Richterit.
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